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Andrew Bruce Boa (10 July 1930 – 17 April 2004) was a Canadian actor, who found success playing the token American in British films and television. Boa's most recognizable film role is in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as General Rieekan. On television, his most notable role is probably as the hard-nosed American guest, Mr. Harry Hamilton, in the "Waldorf Salad" episode of the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers.
Andrew Bruce Boa
10 July 1930
|Died||17 April 2004 (aged 73)|
|Spouse(s)||Cherry Boa (?-2004; his death)|
|Relatives||Marion Woodman (sister)|
Bruce Boa was born on 10 July 1930 in Calgary, Alberta, the second of three children of Ila (née Phinn) and Andrew Boa, a clergyman. His older sister was Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman, and his younger brother was Fraser Boa, also a Jungian analyst, who died in 1992. Boa attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1952 with a degree in theology, then spent a brief period playing professional football for the Calgary Stampeders. After travelling through Europe, he began his acting career in England in 1958, and settled there permanently in the 1960s.
Boa's film credits include Man in the Middle (1964), The Adding Machine (1969), Who? (1973), The Cherry Picker (1974), The Omen (1976), Silver Bears, Superman, Carry On Emmannuelle (1978), A Touch of the Sun, The London Connection, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979), Silver Dream Racer (1980), Ragtime (1981), Octopussy (1983), Return to Oz (1985), and Screamers (1995). He also played the Marine colonel in Full Metal Jacket (1987) who chastises Matthew Modine's character over having a peace pin on his lapel while having "Born To Kill" written on his combat helmet.
On television, in 1977 he appeared in Come Back, Little Sheba, an episode of Laurence Olivier Presents, opposite Laurence Olivier and Joanne Woodward. Other television credits include: The Avengers, Out of the Unknown, The Champions, The Troubleshooters, The Saint, Ace of Wands, Special Branch, The Onedin Line, Z-Cars, The New Avengers, The Professionals, The Omega Factor, Dempsey & Makepeace, Astronauts, Hart to Hart, Remington Steele, Howards' Way, the 1979 miniseries A Man Called Intrepid, the 1988 television film The Bourne Identity, Tales of the Unexpected, As Time Goes By, Road to Avonlea, Kavanagh QC, Bulman and Warship.
Boa was also an author, writing a novel, Cold Stone in Calgary, during the 1950s. Additionally, he wrote and produced a double-story CD, Now not over the Rainbow, a year before his death.
|1960||Man in the Moon||Roy|
|1964||Man in the Middle||Maj. Lawson|
|1967||The Mini-Affair||American Newman|
|1969||Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?||Car Salesman||Uncredited|
|The Adding Machine||Detective|
|1970||The Revolutionary||Guest at Party|
|1974||The Cherry Picker||Dr. Softman|
|1976||The Omen||Thorn's Aide|
|1977||Silver Bears||American Banker|
|1978||Carry on Emmannuelle||U.S. Ambassador|
|Superman||Joint chief of general staff||Extended version, Uncredited|
|1979||The London Connection||Colonel|
|Unidentified Flying Oddball||Air Force Officer||Uncredited|
|A Touch of the Sun||Jim Coburn|
|A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square||Morgan Stanfield|
|1980||The Ninth Configuration||Sergeant in Combat Shack|
|The Empire Strikes Back||General Carlist Rieekan|
|Silver Dream Racer||2nd TV Reporter|
|1982||A Woman Called Golda||Mr. Macy|
|1984||Scream for Help||Surgeon|
|The Razor's Edge||Henry Maturin|
|Return to Oz||Policeman|
|1986||The American Way||Col. Parker|
|1987||Full Metal Jacket||POGE Colonel|
|Ping Pong||American tourist|
|1990||The Serpent of Death||Bartlet|
|1991||White Light||Clay Avery|
|1993||For the Moment||Mr. Anderson|
|1963||The Saint||Jack Williams||Episode: The Sporting Chance Season 2, ep. 13 |
|1979||Fawlty Towers||Mr Hamilton||Episode: Waldorf Salad|
|1983||Philip Marlowe, Private Eye||Don Luigi||Episode: The Pencil|
|1983||Hart to Hart||William Eady||Episode: Passing Chance|
|1984||Remington Steele||Wallace Carlisle||Episode: Maltese Steele|
|1986-90||Howards' Way||Robert Hudson||3 episodes|
|1988||Bourne Identity||Senator Crawford||TV mini-series|
|1990||Journey into Darkness||Alf Podgis||TV movie; aka Deadly Betrayal|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Ambassador Kerens||Episode: Vienna, November 1908|
- Carey, Benedict (19 July 2018). "Marion Woodman, Explorer of the Feminine Mind, Dies at 89". The New York Times.
- Hack, Sylvia (12 November 1959). "Canadian Trying His Talents". The Gazette. Montreal, Canada – via Newspapers.com.
- Lentz, Harris M. (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2004: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 46–47. ISBN 9780786452095.